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Rules and Directives

Manuals are instructive documents for staff or stakeholders. While they are not a source of regulatory requirements, manuals

  • list or elaborate on requirements found in our rules, regulations, and directives;
  • provide process guidelines for AER staff, industry, and other stakeholders; or
  • clarify existing processes.

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Title Description Release Date
Manual 001: Facility and Well Site Inspections

Ensures that inspections are completed by AER staff in a consistent manner for oil and gas facilities, injection and disposal facilities, custom treating plants, waste management facilities, and well sites.

September 15, 2010
Manual 002: Drilling Waste Inspections

Ensures that drilling waste operations are inspected by AER staff in a consistent manner.

December 20, 2012
Manual 003: Participant Guide to the Hearing Process

Explains our hearing process . It is particularly useful for those who may be affected by an AER decision. Also recommended for regional public groups, new companies, and new industry staff.

April 30, 2018
Manual 004: Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and Guidelines for Energy Industry Disputes

Explains our alternative dispute resolution program and its guidelines.

June 17, 2013
Manual 005: Pipeline Inspections

Ensures that pipeline operations are inspected by AER staff in a consistent manner.

Manual 005 replaced Directive 066: Requirements and Procedures for Pipelines on October 6, 2013.

August 18, 2016
Manual 007: Principles for Minimizing Surface Disturbance in Native Prairie and Parkland Areas

Aims to minimize disturbance of native prairie or parkland areas in Alberta.

Manual 007 replaced Informational Letter (IL) 2002-01: Principles for Minimizing Surface Disturbance in Native Prairie and Parkland Areas.

April 30, 2014
Manual 008: Oil Sands and Coal Exploration Application Guide

Provides application processes and timelines for oil sands exploration and coal exploration programs.

August 19, 2014
Manual 009: Play-Based Regulation Pilot Application Guide

Set out what must be included in applications submitted under our play-based regulation pilot .

July 15, 2015
Manual 011: How to Submit Volumetric Data to the AER

Explains to industry how we receive data through Petrinex.

July 13, 2018
Manual 012: Energy Development Applications Procedures and Schedules

Contains the procedural instructions and forms necessary to apply to construct or operate facilities, pipelines, or wells under Directive 056 .

October 18, 2018
Manual 013: Compliance and Enforcement Program

Describes our compliance and enforcement program.

February 12, 2016
Manual 014: Liquid Classification and Well Status Fluid Type Determination for Oil and Gas Wells

Clarifies our existing process for classifying liquids and determining well status fluid type.


April 05, 2016